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Young Adam Reviews

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Richard von Busack
March 27, 2014
Watching this film, one gets the sense of a once-arresting book that couldn't get arrested today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2009
nudity is perhaps the only intriguing element in this ponderous and torpid story about Joe (McGregor), a young drifter who takes work on a barge operated by a husband and wife (Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton) after the mysterious death of his ex-girlfrien
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
... a sepia-toned dirge of a film, pointedly sluggish and crabbed
| Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 16, 2004
I was much impressed with this superbly performed and tightly scripted noirish period drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 8, 2004
Where it's disturbing is in McGregor's challenging, defiant performance...
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 30, 2004
The story's drab, attention-span-testing pace makes it tough to keep wondering what dark secrets shuffle beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 25, 2004
A humorless and dank display of ashcan angst that leaves you wishing theater restrooms had shower facilities.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 25, 2004
A movie that delights in creating atmosphere at the expense of dialogue, and its effectiveness is testament to the genius of the performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 25, 2004
Young Adam" is a study in contrasts. It's a movie full of explicit sex scenes and almost no passion, and it's a beautiful-looking film with a very ugly soul at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 25, 2004
An amoral and boring affair, beautifully filmed but empty at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
June 12, 2004
The movie ladles out its atmosphere of quiet dread admirably, but atmosphere alone seldom makes a film watchable. This one is too sour in its attitude and vague in its ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 11, 2004
The filmgoing experience is just short of torture.
Full Review| Original Score: .5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 10, 2004
A bleak, static portrait of stilted, stunted lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2004
Whether you're talking about Young Adam the movie or young Adam the character, neither is very likable.
| Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
June 8, 2004
A brooding, smoldering study of sexual intensity grittily realized by McGregor, Swinton, and Mullan who slip, almost unnoticed, into these roles and make them their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 4, 2004
A brave film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 4, 2004
A rather sullen, somber, moody dramatic thriller that is insufferably dour, dark and depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 4, 2004
As potent as those [sex] scenes are, ... they add up to so very little, squandering their ferocity and the cast's talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 31, 2004
Naked bodies and raw emotions rub against each other with equally sad results...
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 28, 2004
Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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